The traditional sports event of Pakistan, Shandur Polo Festival scheduled to start on on 20th June 2014 despite boycott of the event by the Gilgit-Baltistan team. In this three days event, Eight teams from across the district are participating, which means that the fans will have four thrilling matches to watch and be entertained.
The tourists have started reaching here to travel onward to the Shandur polo ground to witness the event. The administrations of a number of leading hotels in the city, including PTDC hotel, told Dawn that they almost had all their rooms booked. However, they said a fraction of tourists had cancelled their bookings over the decision of the GB government not to send its team to the event.
The district police claimed to have made foolproof security arrangement to ensure safety of the participants of the event. DPO Ghulam Hussain said under a special security plan, 1,200 personnel had been deployed at the venue and on the roads leading to Shandur.